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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.

2020Talks - January 21, 2021 

Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Pump Prices Take a Toll on Oregonians

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June 4, 2007

Gas prices topped $3.40 in Oregon last week, and that's putting a big squeeze on household budgets. But there may be some relief in sight as Congress considers higher fuel efficiency standards, which would be the first improvement since 1975. Corky Senical with NeighborImpact in Redmond comments it's particularly hard when high housing costs force people to live miles from where they work.

"People can't afford the transportation costs to get from where they can afford to live to where they have to go to work."

Erin Anderson with the Oregon office of the National Environmental Trust says Oregon residents are looking to Washington, D.C., for answers.

"Unfortunately, our fuel efficiency standards are way out of date. It would be very easy without compromising safety or performance to raise those standards. In doing so, we would help consumers save a lot of money."

Congress is considering requiring automakers to achieve a fleet average of 35 miles-per-gallon in 10 years.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR